Local News

  • HU may cut credit-hour requirement

    New Mexico Highlands University is moving forward with plans to reduce the number of credit hours that students need to complete in order to graduate with a bachelor’s in hopes that the change will result in more students completing a degree.

    Highlands currently requires 128 credit hours in order for undergraduate students to graduate. President Jim Fries and his administration are recommending that the student credit hour requirement be reduced to 120.

    Regents will be asked to approve the change during a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

  • Young adults boost healthcare signups

    By Josh Lederman and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

    Nonetheless, Obama’s announcement Thursday that 8 million have signed up for subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just a peek at what might be going on with the nation’s newest social program.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - April 21, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, April 20 — According to the Department of Public Welfare for the 12 months ending June 30, 1963, Las Vegas Hospital took care of 236 welfare patients to whom were given 1,521 days of care at a loss of $6,793.50. While figures for the current year are not complete, for the 10 months ending March 31, 1964, the hospital has sustained a loss of $7,070.90 from this source, indicating that the load on the hospital’s finances is increasing, according to hospital officials.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 21, 2014

    Fine Art Print Lecture
    NMHU Foundation is sponsoring a Fine Art Print Lecture series by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the George and Sheryl Talbot Fine Art Print room in Kennedy Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 21, 2014

    Partly cloudy, with a high near 70 and a low near 45. Ten percent chance of thunderstorms.
    Morning: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Windy. Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44, windy.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Windy. Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Windy.

    Sunny, with a high near 66. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:20 a.m. to 7:39 p.m.

  • Target hackers may take years to find

    By Bree Fowler
    AP Technology Writer

    WASHINGTON — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December.

    But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach.

  • In Brief - News - April 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Unbroken’ to be adapted for youth

    NEW YORK — Random House says it plans to publish a young adult adaption of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling survival saga “Unbroken.”
    Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books, said Thursday the adaption will be published on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, with a first printing of 200,000 copies.

  • Astronomers spot Earth-like planet

    By Alicia Chang
    AP Science Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

  • East misused bond money

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic  

    Las Vegas City Schools has been plagued by financial problems for years, yet somehow it has always managed to land on its feet at the end of each fiscal year.

    It turns out that the district has been keeping afloat by dipping into bond funds to cover operational expenses, a practice that the state Public Education Department says is illegal.